Originally Posted by Baibe
I got so confused and giddy... an idea popped up in my head that Richard is the island in like a human form. Becuz he told Sawyer and Kate u told my people you wanted to see me but no radios or walkies were involved and he just popped up. Sawyer even asked him where'd you come from? Like he just appeared. So of course he would answer to no one. Just a question...
Also... is/was Ellie higher on the leader ladder than Widmore becuase they said her name first then Charles???
Excellent point, Richard just appears. It wasn't as if he ran into them and asked what was going on, he walked up to them knowing Sawyer and Kate were looking for him.
If you recall the 1950's flashback when Locke goes to see Richard, it is clear that Richard outranks Widmore. When Widmore tries to interject in a conversation Richard is having with Locke's group, Richard silences him... So Richard is clearly running things. Yet, the island always needs a leader.
I don't know about Richard being the island manifested in the human form, but he is definitely something.